Welcome to the launch of the Town Centre Action Plan 2: A New Future for Scotland's Towns with a focus on South of Scotland. This event is the first in a new series of STP TCAP2 Roadshow events. 


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10:00 – 10:30     Arrival | Coffee


10:30 – 10:35    Introduction and Welcome

Launch Chair: Professor Russel Griggs OBE, Chair, South of Scotland Enterprise


10:35 – 10:45    Ministerial Address

Tom Arthur MSP, Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth


10:45 – 10:55    Introducing TCAP 2 – Overview of Main Objectives and Actions

Professor Leigh Sparks, Deputy Principal and Professor of Retail Studies, University of Stirling and Scotland’s Towns Partnership Chair


10:55 – 11:05    Ambitions for the South of Scotland

Jane Morrison-Ross, Chief Executive, South of Scotland Enterprise

                             [Minister departs]


11:05 – 11:35    Panel Discussion: Ambition, Collaboration and Leadership

Norma Austin Hart, Chief Executive Officer, Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway

John Fordyce, Co-Founder, The Borders Distillery

Michael Gray, Chair, Energise Galashiels Trust

Julia Mulloy, Chief Executive, Scottish Borders Housing Association 


11:35 – 11:50    Audience Open Forum


11:50 – 12:00    Closing Remarks – Professor Russel Griggs




Ian Aikman - Scottish Borders Council

Juliana Amaral - BAVS

Lesley Annan - Dumfries & Galloway Council

Tom Arthur MSP - Scottish Government

Norma Austin Hart - Third Sector Dumfries & Galloway

Elaine Bone - Scotland's Towns Partnership

Joanne Boyle - Scottish Government

George Burt - Jedburgh Legacy Group

Colin Campbell - Scottish Chambers of Commerce

Sam Cassels - Scottish Government

Chris Churms - Dumfries & Galloway Council

David Cowan - Scottish Government

Jenni Craig - Scottish Borders Council

John Curry - Scottish Borders Council

Rob Davidson - South of Scotland Enterprise

Rob Dickson - VisitScotland

Barbara Elborn - Newcastleton Community Trust

John Erskine - Scottish Chambers of Commerce

George Findlater - Historic Environment Scotland

John Fordyce - Borders Distillery

Christine Grahame MSP - Scottish Parliament

Michael Gray - Energise Galashiels

Jim Grieve - SESTrans

Russel Griggs - South of Scotland Enterprise

Kimberley Gunthrie - Scotland's Towns Partnership

Jane Hogg - LiveBorders

Julie Hogg - South of Scotland Enterprise

Cllr Euan Jardine - Scottish Borders Council

Graeme Johnstone - Scottish Borders Council

Alison Jones - Scotland's Towns Partnership

Ian King - Selkirk and District Community Council 

Jamie Little - Dumfries and Galloway Council

Ray McCowan - Borders College

Colin McGrath - Scottish Borders Community Council

Bryan McGrath - South of Scotland Enterprise

Debbie McLean - Scottish Borders Council

Caroline Mitchell - Scotland's Towns Partnership

Jane Morrison - Ross - South of Scotland Enterprise

Julia Mulloy - Scottish Borders Housing Association

Iain Murray - Scottish Government

David Pike - Jedburgh Legacy Group (& Borders Press)

Steve Rogers - Dumfries & Galloway Council

Margaret Simpson MBE - Borders Social Enterprise Chamber

Cllr Fay Sinclair - Scottish Borders Council

Leigh Sparks - Scotland's Towns Partnership

Cllr Hannah Steel - Scottish Borders Council

Susan Stirling - Scottish Government

Chris Story - Message Matters

Mark Timmins - Works+

Morag Walker - The Bridge

Harriet Warman - Regional Screen Scotland


The next event in the TCAP2 roadshow event series will take place on 7th June, with a focus on the North East.


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